Variations on the following have just been sent to the feedback sites for CBS, NBC, and ABC News:

I may be mistaken regarding your current journalistic focus, but a bunch of ineffectual cruise missiles in Syria, then one large bomb goes BOOM in Afghanistan and any attention the media may be paying to the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged complicity on the part of Donald Trump's campaign seems to have been distracted.  Insofar as I'm concerned, there may be no story more important to the overall wellbeing of the United States government than that story.  Certainly it may be that a lack of new developments pushes it out of the A- or B-block, but it would help my own sense of calm to know that your reporters and producers are still investigating and have not fallen for what to me is a transparent ploy on the part of President Trump.

Diligence on the part of the Fourth Estate may never have been more important than it is right now, and I cannot see that you can afford to fall victim to the politics of distraction ... so don't be distracted, PLEASE.

No, I don’t think I overstate in that last sentence, either.  We have a madman in the White house who, whether you wish to accuse him of being afflicted with ADHD, Narcissistic Personality Disorder or dishpan hands, gives all the appearances of wanting to keep our attention on anything BUT his currently alleged dealings with the Russian Federation regarding the 2016 election.  Granted there are currently House and Senate committees running their own probes into that mess, and I would hope that the above-mentioned news organizations, plus CNN and Fox (?!?) would also be so engaged and that occasional updates could be rendered to an audience which at least should be concerned at what could prove to be a grave threat to the integrity of this nation and its government.

To date, nothing about this presidency has been normal, and no one should be treating it as such, least of all the press.

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Comment by Grinning Cat on April 14, 2017 at 12:07pm

I'd have much more trust in an independent commission with subpoena powers, where Republicans can't use a majority to bury inconvenient truths.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 14, 2017 at 10:38am

Postscript: It would seem that at least one news reporter has not only not been distracted but has put together a pretty thorough-going report on current developments on this story, being Rachel Maddow:

Damned good work, Rachel!



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